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NILES — Since his eighth-grade history class at Austintown Schools, Jonathan Guerrier said he learned the importance of showing respect for the American flag and is now teaching others to appreciate it with a historical collection of flags.

The public will have the chance to see many American flags from the past, as Guerrier, who is president of the Sons of the American Revolution Mahoning Chapter, has provided more than 100 flags to display at the National McKinley Birthplace Museum in Niles. The exhibit opens Tuesday and will be on display through August.

Warrior, of Austintown, who spent four hours installing the flag, said World War I veteran Samuel Hubbard Scott of Toledo was the one who started the flag collection, so it is named after him. Scott joined the SAR in 1948 and was the president of the Anthony Wayne chapter in Toledo.

“He spent all his years after the war collecting the collection of flags,” Guerrier said, noting that Scott had no close relatives and the collection was donated to the SAR.

Warrior said the 110 flags in the collection, which is in Circleville, are on display across the state.

“We want to unfurl the flags in front of the public,” he said.

The flags are divided into three categories: pre-colonial flags, the American Revolution and state flags.

Warrior said the oldest flags are early country flags, including those of France, Britain and Spain. Revolutionary War flags flew during the war. State flags include territory flags such as Puerto Rico. There are Civil War flags with Union and Confederate emblems.

“The biggest surprise for people is to see such a variety of flags. The 45 historical flags represent only a third of the flags of the war of independence that there were with the various regiments. There are so many different star patterns on the flags. Each of the flags tells its own story, even the country flags,” Guerrier said.

He said a judge told him the flags represented “the good, the bad and the ugly” and allowed people to look back.

“The flags show the sacrifices people have made and how far we’ve come as a society since that time,” Guerrier said.

Belinda Weiss, director of the museum, said she read an article about Guerrier attending an event at Struthers and contacted him about having the flags at the museum. Former President William McKinley was a member of the RAD.

“As soon as I heard about the flag collection, I knew it was something the McKinley Museum should have. It’s nice to be able to represent this collection in a presidential museum. The finished exhibit looks belong in a museum,” Weiss said.

Warrior said HRH involves the male descendant of those who served in the American Revolution, with the organization offering scholarships and hosting essay contests as well as living history re-enactments, community and alumni outreach activities. fighters. The latter includes searching cemeteries for American Revolutionary War veterans and obtaining headstones for them, as well as recording marker data.

Warrior said his interest in history began in eighth grade in Professor Ronald Johnson’s Austintown class.

“When we walked into this class on the first day, and it always stuck with me, he was holding the American flag and said when we are in the class we will talk about good things and bad things, but I want the people respect the flag because people fought and died for it. He spoke from the pre-colonial era to the war of independence to the civil war talking about respecting the flag. It got me interested in flags,” he said.

Warrior said he researched his own family’s ancestry and its connection to the Revolutionary War.

“It’s wonderful to find out who you are and to be able to honor your ancestors. My family is made up entirely of veterans. It is important to honor not only the veterans of this generation, but also those of the past,” he said.

Warrior said some of the flags are over 70 years old.

“These flags tell our story. It’s all of our history,” he said.

If you are going to …

The National McKinley Birthplace Museum, 40 N. Main St., Niles, has a new exhibit starting Tuesday featuring more than 100 historic flags, on loan from the Mahoning Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday or by appointment. FREE ENTRANCE.

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